Windows 8 deleted 350Gb of personal data fixing some "hdd errors" :(

Discussion in 'Application Software' started by Emy12, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. Emy12

    Emy12 MDL Novice

    Feb 16, 2012
    Yes, is true, I lost 350GB of personal data. I am trying now to recover some of it, is running two programs, Pareto logic Data Recovery, which seems to work fine, found lots of docs and pictures, but the pictures are 0 bytes so far, the documents are ok, and Recuva Undelete. Testdisk 6.14 it will be next if those are not doing the job.I have 500Gb with Windows 8 pro installed (keep it as backup), I installed it to activate the free license of Media Center. I removed it from laptop and used it as a storage rest of it. I left it the way it was, with Win_8 installed and went back to original hdd. I transferred my data on it and today I put it back on the laptop to see if the Win_8 still working and activated. I turned it on, started perfectly, but I got a message stating that the hdd has some errors and needs to be fixed.I let it do the job. When finished all my saved data disappeared. I do not know how to go, if is possible, to previous state.In system restore there is a restore point, "Windows modules installer" -> Type- install. I have not clue what it is about. I have not tried it yet to see if is a restore point and was done during the the fixing of the hdd "errors". I want to avoid any other writing on hdd which could make more difficult recovering the data.Any help, suggestions are welcome
  2. Emy12

    Emy12 MDL Novice

    Feb 16, 2012
    Finally I could recover 100% of data very easy using Recuva. It is amazing little program that does great job.Pareto logic Data Recovery found only a few documents than, when tried to recovered them, sent me to pay €50.I did it for free with Recuva, every single file I had I recovered it. I chose to find not a specific doc/video....but other, that means everything. I got lots of system files too, thousands of them.The hdd is OK.Windows 8 found "errors" on hdd because found some keygen and other stuff that does not like to Microsoft, so decided to get rid of it completely.When the recover had finished I did a restore the only one restore point found, did not work.So, guys easy with Windows 8, when asks that found some errors on drive and needs to be fixed, make sure first to backup your data.400Gb recovered with system files too. Recovered 100%, no damage of the quality whatsoever.When lose data do not do anything that overwrites over it more data, this could make more difficult to recover, recover when is fresh deleted.
  3. wtarkan

    wtarkan MDL Member

    Sep 1, 2009
    After Vista , Windows 8 is the second Worst operating system
  4. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

    Feb 13, 2012
    I'd say it matches Vista bug for bug. Metro = Vista Ultimate Extras, pointless and unneeded.
  5. barlu

    barlu MDL Junior Member

    Feb 11, 2013
    Don't you remember Win 95?
    At the beginning, I used to think the BSOD was a wallpaper!:eek:

    PS: I grew up with dinosaurs...:D
  6. shabirally

    shabirally MDL Novice

    Apr 4, 2013
    Man you should have backed up.
  7. Mr 0x00

    Mr 0x00 MDL Novice

    Aug 19, 2012
    I don't know what you did, but maybe it was your hardware at fault? Use HD Sentinel to see your SMART HDD diagnostics data.

    While the interface of Win8 is a P.O.S., the kernel part of it is quite good.
  8. Emy12

    Emy12 MDL Novice

    Feb 16, 2012
    HD is working fine. As long as I recovered all my data, its fine.
    All is good when it ends good :)
  9. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

    Oct 7, 2010
    I recently lost around 500GB. I made a folder, drag and dropped 2 folders (with roughly 250gb each) into that folder and they vanished. I tried a few data recovery utils, but there was nothing to be found. The two folders literally just vanished lol

    Anyway, I had a backup of the majority of what disappeared, and a redundant backup on another work server, with a little more. I am still hunting a few things but about 98% recovered from backups and help from MDL friends :D

    BUT, I tried it again with random junk, and it happened again. So Win8 or something (maybe my install is wacked) but what I don't know. Anyway, I would be really careful dragging folders with a huge amount of data in them, at least I do copy paste instead of drag drop for now. IT SCARY! ok no, but weird yes.
  10. ortegaluis

    ortegaluis MDL Novice

    Oct 16, 2009
    I also lost some files with Windows 8 on a hard drive. The problem was that you used the hard drive as storage on another computer while you had "Hybrid boot" enabled. This, in my experience, will cause data corruption on the drive.
  11. Bytebuster

    Bytebuster MDL Addicted

    Apr 30, 2013
    Lol :D dinosaurs... Think so? Guess it all depends on your age. Anyways, I hate to be the one to burst your bubble ...still got my Sinclair ZX80 (whopping 1kB RAM) and the expension pack - Those were THE DAYS my friend. When I bought my first real (2nd hand) PC, a HP running CP/M-86 I got rid of the ZX81, TRS-80 etc. etc. - how about 100 or 300 baud acoustic coupler 'modems' lol - Nah, Microsoft Windows 95 fairly new.